Another Deadly Night of Severe Weather

April 27, 2011; 2:38 PM
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Carla Arendal, right, looks for items to save on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, after her home was destroyed by a tornado in Vilonia, Ark. Arendal and her husband were in the home during the storm but were uninjured. Helping to recover items is Arendal's minister, Pastor Tommy Walls, left. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

At least 11 lives have been lost Tuesday night into Wednesday, as tornadoes and severe thunderstorms tore from northeastern Texas into the South for the second consecutive night.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management confirmed to the Associated Press that one person perished when severe thunderstorms slammed Sharp County, Ark., Tuesday night.

CNN reported Wednesday afternoon that six people were killed in Mississippi and four in Alabama early Wednesday morning.

The tornadoes and severe thunderstorms prompted Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to declare a state of emergency.

Tuesday night marks the second consecutive night of severe weather claiming lives in Arkansas. A tornado and flooding rain killed 10 people across the state the previous night.

The deadly storms that slammed Sharp County, Mississippi and Alabama were several of many violent thunderstorms that tore from northeastern Texas to the lower Ohio Valley and Alabama on Tuesday afternoon and night.

The powerful thunderstorms unleashed damaging winds, pounding hail and flooding downpours.

There were also at least 58 tornado sightings, further putting April in the running to be the most active April on record for tornadoes.

One person sustained injuries on Tuesday night when a tornado damaged a home near Hickory Flat, Miss.

Another twister tore through an area near Montpelier, Miss., causing extensive tree and structural damage. Emergency workers had to cut their way through the debris to reach the scene.

That tornado was likely already on the ground twenty minutes before, slamming the Mississippi town of Eupora. The twister here destroyed a business, damaged homes and downed numerous trees and power lines.

Five miles to the south-southwest of Eupora, the twister downed many trees onto roads and the tops of homes. Mobile homes were also destroyed. The number of people injured currently stands at seven.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, four people sustained minor injuries when an unconfirmed tornado knocked over an oil rig west of Ringgold, La. Trees also downed by the suspected twister initially blocked emergency vehicles.

Another unconfirmed tornado snapped pine trees near Many, La. One of the trees was hurled through the roof of a home.

Tornadoes were not the only culprit behind damage from northeastern Texas to the South on Tuesday night.

Residents in Yazoo City, Miss., which suffered two tornado strikes last year, will spend today cleaning up the trees brought down by strong thunderstorm winds. The winds also blew the roof off a home on the southeast side of the city.

Damage due to severe weather occurred away from Texas and the South on Tuesday.

Violent thunderstorms also erupted across Lower Michigan and from South Carolina to central New York. These areas did not report any tornadoes. Damaging winds, hail and flooding downpours were instead produced.


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